I hope everyone is healthy, happy and staying safe in the middle of this unbelievable time. Man, are we going to have some interesting stuff to talk about when we are old. So far, it sounds like most of you are in a decent situation. I still am wondering how those in Europe and New York are doing but thus far, everyone I have heard from (or about) are hanging in there.
Here are some updates: Diane from Indianeskitchen (food blog on WordPress) posted that she is keeping her grandkids at her house so their parents (who are on the front lines in healthcare) don’t have to worry about the kids catching anything from Mom or Dad. Marilyn, who works in the “movie business”, is furloughed and decided to use of her time by setting up a sewing room at home. (I can’t wait to see what she makes!!). Chris, from ThePlienAireExperience, (also on WordPress) just posted some awesome news. She got her paintings back!!!! They were taken while she was moving and another artist was able to recover them and return them to her. Isn’t that wonderful???
Cheryl C. has been helping our local Sewing Warriors make masks for our community and health networks. (picture below) Gloria’s goats had more babies. (pictures above and below) Along with keeping her twin grandkids busy (age 4) Angie has been keeping tabs on her brother, who suffered a non-Covid related health crisis. Luckily he was sent from Portland (which was worried about hospital beds) to his smaller community of Lakeview for longer-term care. It turned out to be the best place for him!
The news in Oregon, is cautiously hopeful. Everyone I know is staying home, unless they are in an essential field, and the latest news reports suggest that serious social distancing is having an impact.
Okay, that’s all I know about today. On to some sewing……..
Do Good; Spread Hope; Fear Not.
I wish I could take credit for the following instructions; but I can’t. They are concepts my pastor has shared these past weeks. However, I am a girl who knows great inspiration when she see’s it. So I am putting Pastor Steve’s words to work on some clothing. Man, have I been busy!!
As you might remember, I was going to make a wardrobe of “Fear Not” clothing. My goal was 10 pieces. This has been an awesome project, because as soon as I make an item, it turns out that someone else needs it. So, rather than sewing to encourage myself I am “Sewing for Angels”. Which is much better……….
Meet Some of the Angels…..
This is Wanita, a friend of mine in Days Creek/Tiller area. She is an educator that is currently figuring out how to deliver instruction (particularly reading and literature) to all of the kids that are home. She doesn’t know if students are coming back in May or staying out for the rest of the year, but she isn’t complaining. She is focusing on the kids!!
My friend Becky, still goes to work everyday. And where she works gets cold! She has to be super cautious of practicing distance and keeping her work place sanitary and germ free. Then she focuses on making sure she doesn’t bring anything home. This flannel shirt turned out to be perfect for Becky because she can use it as a layer to keep her both warm and encouraged while she works.
I have a dear friend, Dr. Jacqui, who is a pediatrician. She is, of course, still open and trying to ensure that she keeps patients, families and staff healthy and safe. It is a stressful and demanding situation. She asked me to make some shirts to encourage her her office staff and this is what I came up with.
Remember the Godet????
I am not sure if you noticed, but all of the tees have a godet in the back!!! Remember how we made created one in the last post (“One Stitch at a Time”)? Well, just like magic, my brain retained, recalled and revised the learning to make a whole new look! Isn’t the brain amazing???? I dropped the shirts outside the office today and everyone was So Excited!!! They promised to send a picture next week.
Adding the insets was super easy! I stole the godet pattern piece from Butterick 6248 and made a template. (but it wouldn’t be too hard to make your own. It is a 45 degree angle with a curved bottom. Just measure the length you want, make that your center line and draw the angle from there). To cut, I found the center back line on the tee’s, marked it, folded the godet in half (vertically) and placed it on the line. Next, I cut until I was about half an inch shy of the point of the pattern.
When it comes to tee shirts, the godet is a game changer!!! I love decorating tees, but let’s be honest…..if you are not 25 years young or a size 6, a tee shirt can sometimes disappoint you. Especially when it grabs your/my stomach or hikes up over your/my rear (or both!). Depressing. Until, you add a godet! Now you have extra swing in the back; some flow in the front; a touch of length over the rear; and you, the wearer, look fabulous!!!
To attach the godet, stitch with the point of the inset right against the tip of your cut. I was a little insecure about how tidy my points would look, so I put a heart over them. Then if anything looked wonky, it was covered up. (remember, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”.)
As far as the wardrobe goes, I still have a top and sweatshirt I am holding on to. But, if it turns out that someone else needs them I’ll be happy to let them go. There is a long history of helping and encouraging others in sewing. I am glad I get to be part of it.
Take care my dear ones. It is time to sign off. One thing about facing uncertainty and change is, it quickly sifts out what is important and what isn’t. More than ever I believe, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Prayer of St. Francis (With a heart focused on Italy)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.